Before I start, please forgive my lack of headphone/audio vocabulary.
I listen to primarily rap and hip hop (maybe 85%), then the rest is alternative rock, dubstep, or metal. I am going for heavy, somewhat vibrating bass but I would like it to be sharp. It would be cool to have decent highs and mids of course. Keep in mind that I am willing to buy an amplifier such as the fiio E6 to make any headphone better. I'd like them to have some style as well. I will be using them mostly for lifting/running.
I tried out the Beats Studio at BestBuy with my iPhone and my songs and I was honestly impressed, given the many negative reviews by experts/audiophiles. I may have been biased by the style though, because they definitely are the best looking in my opinion. The bass just seemed to hit really hard to my satisfaction. I really liked this "type" of bass. If an amplifier will make these much better all around that would be great, as goes with all other headphones. I am hesitant to buy them because word on the web is that there are better headphones for the price out there that are all around better, and have awesome, hard-hitting bass.
Side-question - how hard would it be to get a fake Beats studio body, and put very good/ugly headphone guts into them?
I also tried out the SOL Republic Master Tracks. I'm not too sure about them though. They seem to sound nice but the bass wasn't really there.
I tried out the Logitech Ultimate Ears 6000 and the Sony MDR-X10 and really wasn't impressed. I felt the Beats Studio were simply better. BUT, I wasn't able to use my iPhone on the UE or Sony since Best Buy didn't have a jack exposed for them. So I had to settle for lame demonstration music. Only the Beats and SOL Republics had a jack for me.
What do you guys think about the Yamaha 300/400/500 and SOUL SL300 by Ludacris series?
I have come across the Audio Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 multiple times online and always hear good things about them. I come close to buying them, but I can't tell if they look good enough or not, and they got a review score of a disappointing 60/100 from FindTheBest.com.
Thanks for reading and potentially helping me decide! I am sorry for being picky, I just don't want any regrets of course.
Feel free to suggest more too!
Edited by cabrown3 - 11/14/13 at 9:35pm